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Major incident declared as 150 firefighters tackle huge forest fire in Dorset beauty spot
18 May 2020, 19:53
A major incident has been declared after a forest fire ripped through more than 100 hectares of a Dorset beauty spot.
The fire is covering a huge swathe of land in Wareham Forest, and is spreading due to strong winds in the area.
The nearby A35 road has been closed between BereRegis and Morden park corner as a result of the blaze.
The fire has also caused power cuts in the local area.
Crews are using hosereel jets and beaters to tackle the fire, which is "affecting heath and woodland", a spokesman said.
In a Facebook post, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "Approx 100 hectares of heath and woodland affected and flames being fanned by strong winds.
"The smoke is drifting towards the Wimborne, Poole and Hamworthy areas.
"If you are concerned about the smoke, please stay indoors and keep windows closed.
"A35 has been closed between and electricity pilots have been effected by the fire and there will be disruptions to supplies in the local area."
"Please use the 105 service if you have experienced a power cut."